The war in Ukraine has inflicted unimaginable suffering, but one of the most egregious and heart-wrenching aspects is the widespread abduction and deportation of Ukrainian children by Russia. These innocent victims are being torn from their families, their homes, and their childhoods, with devastating consequences.
In the coming days and weeks, several key events will be taking place around the U.S. about this urgent issue. Razom invites you to participate in order to raise awareness and demand action:
The Helsinki Commission hosts a hearing, “Eyewitness Accounts: Ukrainian Children and Civilians Abducted by Russia” featuring firsthand accounts from victims and experts, including:
-Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S.
-Pia Kauma, Member of Parliament from Finland and former Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly; OSCE PA President at the 2023 Annual Session in Vancouver.
-Mykola Kuleba, Founder and CEO of Save Ukraine, President of the Children’s Rescue Service, and former Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Ukraine.
-Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.
Join the hearing at 2 pm ET at Longworth 1334 in person or online at bit.ly/HChearing.
Georgetown University Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues, co-hosted by the U.S. State Department and the Embassies of Ukraine and the UK, presents “The War Against Ukraine’s Children”. Hear from high-level officials and advocates including:
-Gillian Huebner, Executive Director of the Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues at Georgetown University and a member of the Bring Kids Back UA task force.
-Nicole Chulick, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State.
-Joel Hellman, the Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University.
-Mykola Kuleba, Founder and CEO of Save Ukraine, President of the Children’s Rescue Service, and a former Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Ukraine.
-Kyrylo Lapko, the Head of the International Relations Office at the Ukrainian Coordination Center for Family Upbringing and Child Care Development.
-Dmytro Lubinets, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner (Ombudsman) for Human Rights.
-Kati Csaba, the Executive Director of the Ukraine Bureau with Global Affairs Canada.
-Lesia Zaburanna, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and Co-Chairwoman of the Ukraine-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Join the discussion from 2 pm to 4 pm ET at Copley Hall or online at https://www.youtube.com/@GlobalGeorgetown.
New York City
The Harriman Institute at Columbia University hosts “Kidnapped Childhood: Russia’s War on Ukraine’s Children”. Featuring Ukrainian filmmaker Tanya Khodakivska, artist Alevtina Kakhidze, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Dr. Volodymyr Venher and Mykola Kuleba from Save Ukraine. This event promises powerful insights and discussions and a peak into the upcoming animated documentary “The Blue Sweater with a Yellow Hole.”
Join in person at 6 pm ET at Pulitzer Hall or online at bit.ly/harrimanevent.
Across the U.S.
Razom together with Kyiv Independent will bring their documentary “Uprooted” to five cities: Washington, D.C., New York City, Austin and Houston, TX, Phoenix, AZ.
This investigative film delves into the abduction and illegal deportation of children from Mariupol. Catch the screenings and panel discussions featuring the creators and one of the film’s subjects, Ivan, a young boy who experienced forcible transfer but was successfully returned to Ukraine.
- February 14:
New York City, 7 pm
Location and tickets: HERE
- February 15:
Washington DC, 7 pm
Location and tickets: HERE
- February 17-18:
Houston: time and location TBD
- February 19-21:
Austin: time and location TBD
- February 22-24:
Phoenix: time and location TBD
These events are crucial platforms to amplify the voices of Ukrainian children, shed light on this grave human rights violation, and urge action from international communities.
Attend in person, watch online, share the information, and raise your voice against this criminal injustice!
Together, we can demand accountability for stolen childhoods!